Grace Millane: Disappearance of British backpacker being investigated as murder

Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Grace Millane: Disappearance of British backpacker being investigated as murder

A man will be charged with the murder of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane, New Zealand police have confirmed. (AAP) The last confirmed sighting of Millane was at 9.41pm the same day at the Citylife Hotel in central Auckland, when she was seen with a "male companion".

Millane had been in New Zealand for two weeks, the UK's Press Association news agency reported.

The Millane family have requested privacy at this time and will not be making any further statements at this stage.

Officers searching for 22-year-old Grace Millane are now "conducting a scene examination" at an apartment in the Citylife Hotel, Queen Street, Auckland.

He was brought back here to Auckland Central Police Station and is now speaking to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane.

"Sadly the evidence we have gathered to this point of the inquiry has established that this is a homicide".

Auckland City Police Detective Inspector Scott Beard said: "Detectives have assessed Grace's belongings that were found at the backpackers where she was staying".

Police said they were still looking for Ms Millane, an advertising and marketing graduate from Billericay, Essex, but all the evidence pointed to her having been killed.

"Grace's family has been advised of this development and they are devastated".

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She had booked to stay at the Base Backpackers hostel in central Auckland until 8 December.

"Several of her belongings, including her passport, are missing and police believe it is likely that Grace has these items with her".

The much loved daughter and sister arrived in New Zealand on November 20, as part of a year-long, worldwide overseas experience that began earlier this year in South America.

Asked if the pair had met on the Tinder dating app, the detective said: "I'm not going to speculate on how they met".

"We know that he was with her on the Saturday evening and went to a number of places before going to the Citylife Hotel", he told reporters.

A tearful David Millane appealed to the public to come forward with any information, "no matter how small".

"I know that the thoughts of all New Zealanders will be with Grace's family tonight", Det Insp Beard said.

Described as "fun loving, outgoing and [a] family-orientated person", Millane was never out of contact with family and friends for this long, her family said.

"There is family back in the United Kingdom and our hearts go out to them as well".

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